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10:15 PM ET, March 16, 2010


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Norman J. Ornstein / The Enterprise Blog:
Hypocrisy: A Parliamentary Procedure  —  Any veteran observer of Congress is used to the rampant hypocrisy over the use of parliamentary procedures that shifts totally from one side to the other as a majority moves to minority status, and vice versa.  But I can't recall a level …
Health care foes 11 votes shy of defeating bill  —  Washington (CNN) — Five more House Democrats said Tuesday that they will vote against Senate health care legislation, which puts opponents of reform just 11 votes shy of the 216 needed to prevent President Obama from scoring a major victory on his top domestic priority.
Discussion: Hot Air, The Hill and TalkLeft
Fred Barbash / The Politico:
‘Slaughter Solution’ not bulletproof  —  The so-called “Slaughter solution” for enacting health care reform without a conventional House vote on an identically worded Senate bill would be vulnerable to credible constitutional challenge, experts say.  —  No lawyer interviewed by POLITICO thought …
Discussion: Hot Air, CNN, The Hill and Riehl World View
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Key Dem: Using ‘deem and pass’ health plan is ‘wrong’  —  A plan that would allow House Democrats to bypass a direct vote on the Senate's healthcare bill is causing “discomfort,” a key centrist Democrat said Tuesday.  —  Rep. Jason Altmire (D-Pa.), a member of the Blue Dog and New Democrat Coalitions …
Washington Post:
House may try to pass Senate health-care bill without voting on it  —  After laying the groundwork for a decisive vote this week on the Senate's health-care bill, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested Monday that she might attempt to pass the measure without having members vote on it.
Wall Street Journal:
Slaughter House Rules
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Clyburn says health vote could push past Easter holiday
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Wonk Room
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
GOP to try to stop ‘Slaughter solution’
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
What Obama is Actually Trying to Do in Israel  —  There is much speculation that this kerfluffle over 1,600 theoretical apartments on the wrong side of the green line in Jerusalem will lead to a rupture in American-Israeli relations, but analysts who suggest this are missing the point of President Obama's maneuverings.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Palin: Hit ‘reset’ — with Israel  —  Former Governor Sarah Palin, increasingly willing to criticize Obama on foreign policy grounds, is joining the chorus of Republican critics of his confrontation with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, contrasting his policy of engaging enemies with the tough talk to an ally.
Walter Russell Mead / Walter Russell Mead's Blog:
Obama and the Jacksonian Zionists
Jill Dougherty / CNN:   Clinton dismisses any crisis with Israel
Roger Cohen / New York Times:
The Biden Effect  —  NEW YORK — I'm tempted to see Vice …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THIS IS CNN?.... If I didn't get independent confirmation of this, I honestly would have assumed the announcement was some elaborate practical joke.  Alas, it's true. … This is easily the worst decision CNN has ever made.  That the network probably reviewed Erickson's work before hiring him …
Erickson joins the Best Political Team
Discussion: Mediaite
Erick Erickson / RedState:
Here's My News: Erick Erickson Joins CNN's Roster of Political Contributors
Echidne / ECHIDNE OF THE SNAKES:   Please Welcome Erick Erickson!
Ezra Klein:
Everything David Brooks says about reconciliation is wrong  —  Jon Chait did a very funny job taking apart David Brooks's column on reconciliation.  I want to do a serious job on it.  The factual statements Brooks uses in his argument are wrong.  Not arguable, or questionable, or suspicious.
Mary Lu Carnevale / Washington Wire:
WSJ/NBC News Poll: Throw 'Em All Out  —  Congress has managed to get its approval ratings back down to the pre-election level, with just 17% of voters saying they approve of the job Congress is doing, according to the latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll out later today.
Discussion: Wizbang and Newsweek Blogs
Wall Street Journal:
Opinions Harden on Health  —  Nearly half call plan a ‘bad idea’ in latest Journal/NBC poll, but Democrats who oppose it risk alienating base  —  Democratic lawmakers may be tempted to vote against the health-care overhaul plan pending in Congress because it remains unpopular with a broad swath of the public.
Discussion: Hot Air and Taegan Goddard's …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
DNC mocks tea party numbers  —  Tea Partiers planned to “flood the halls of Congress” to protest health care legislation, a plan that prompted Democratic leaders to instruct their members to respond with politeness and Twinkies.  —  The 10 a.m. Washignton, D.C. rally, though, wasn't quite on the scale of some earlier events.
Philip Klein / AmSpecBlog:
Dems Still Don't Have the CBO Score They Want  —  As Democrats have delayed releasing their final health care reconciliation bill, they've consistently tried to create the impression that they're essentially finished, but are merely waiting on the Congressional Budget Office.
Igor / Wonk Room:
Petraeus: 'I Believe The Time Has Come To Consider A Change To Don't Ask, Don't Tell'  —  “I believe the time has come to consider a change to Don't Ask, Don't Tell,” General David Petraeus told the Armed Services Committee today, in his most direct public comments about the policy.
Discussion: Obsidian Wings and Guardian
Michael Kinsley / The Atlantic Online:
My Inflation Nightmare  —  RIGHT-WING TALK RADIO these days is carrying fewer commercials for second mortgages.  (Consolidate your debts, lower your monthly payments, and have enough left over for that dream vacation!)  They've been replaced by commercials for gold.
Discussion: Grasping Reality … and Hit & Run
Alex Spillius / Telegraph:
Barack Obama threatens to withdraw support from wavering Democrats  —  Barack Obama has said he will not campaign for any Democratic congressmen who fails to support health care reform.  —  The president will refuse to make fund-raising visits during November elections to any district whose representative has not backed the bill.
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Reid wary of earmark restrictions; defends Congress's constitutional authority  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) sounded a cautious note today on banning earmarks, suggesting restrictions could limit Congress's constitutionally-mandated authority.
Discussion: The Politico and Riehl World View
The Huffington Post:
Jim Bunning's Back: Blocking Nominees Over Canadian Smoking Law
Anzalone Liszt Research Swing District Healthcare Polling Memo  —  Anzalone Liszt Research recently did a poll on health insurance reform for AFSCME, CWA and NEA - polling over 1,000 likely voters across 92 Blue Dog, Rural Caucus, and Frontline districts between February 26 and March 4, 2010.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
Advice To Dems: Sell The Bill
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Eric Holder: Osama bin Laden won't be brought in alive  —  Attorney General Eric Holder told a congressional panel Tuesday that the question of reading Osama bin Laden his Miranda rights is absurd - because he won't be brought in alive.  —  “Let's deal with reality,” Holder said.
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Limbaugh prompts healthcare calls, ties up House phone lines  —  The congressional switchboard was nearing overload Tuesday after Rush Limbaugh asked listeners to phone in their objections on healthcare.  —  The House e-mail system was also deluged on Tuesday in what the House's technology office called …
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Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
Limbaugh urges listeners to call Congress
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
SEIU Keeps Up Pressure On Wavering House Dem With Brutal Ad
Jason F. / Signal vs. Noise:
Karl Rove's book vs. REWORK - what the American People need to know
Discussion: Gawker, Ezra Klein and Newsweek Blogs
New Deal 2.0:
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